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Workforce Initiative Highlight | Johnson County Community College

by KC SmartPort Intern | Aug 05, 2019
By Kaitlin Kelly, KC SmartPort Intern, University of Kansas

Johnson County Community College (JCCC) has five campuses serving over 37,000 students across the Kansas City region, in more than one hundred degree and non-degree programs. JCCC offers customizable educational programs for all skill levels with both credit and non-credit programs. Students can prepare to enter and excel in the workforce for the first time, up-skill within a company, retrain for a new profession, develop management skills, pursue continuing education credits or prepare a foundation of transferable credits.

JCCC continues to partner with area organizations to create unique opportunities to join the workforce in the KC region, including earning recognized industry credentials while in high school.

Career and Technical Education Center:  Early this year, JCCC opened a new 69,000-sq.-ft. Career and Technical Education Center with 14 labs. This center caters to current automotive, engineering and electrical technology programs with a new workforce development curriculum. This includes:

  • Automation Engineer Technology: A hands-on training will prepare you to develop, install and maintain automated systems used in an industrial setting. The coursework prepares you for all aspects of a successful career: electrical systems, instrumentation and process control, programmable logic controllers (PLC’s), fluid power systems, industrial robotics and preventive maintenance. 
  • Automotive Technology
  • Electrical Technology: Learn to install and maintain residential and commercial electrical systems, and become a certified electrician in two semesters.
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology
  • Plumbing Certificates

Learn more. 

Welding Program:
Prepare for a future in the welding or metal fabrication trade with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Metal Fabrication/Welding from Johnson County Community College. There are two career paths to receive your AAS: Structural or Manufacturing. Students can also complete their 29-hour Welding certificate in three semesters. Learn more.  

Railroad Science: The National Academy of Railroad Sciences (NARS) Program is a partnership of JCCC and BNSF Railway. This program was established in 1988 to train those seeking a job in the railroad industry. The training facility spans 130,000-sq.-ft. of offices, classroom, laboratory and multimedia studio space. NARS accepts the first 14 students who enroll and pay. By the end of the NARS program students may earn an interview with BNSF or other employers. Learn more.

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